Anima Casa Rural

General information

Brief description of organisation

The goals of ANIMA are inspired by the book Evening Thoughts, by Thomas Berry. Our name comes from the concept that “anima” is what gave the first breath of life to the earth, and is what inspires our souls. This notion also has origins in ancient Greek civilization as the term is used to articulate ideas about humans existing with a soul. We believe that with you, we will be able to learn and cooperate to make this world a better place to live.

Within ANIMA’s walls we provide respite from a culture that is addicted to material gain and consumption. In fact, this is our primary goal and is at the heart of our existence.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

We aim to foster the production of contemporary art by offering a holistic rural environment where the process of each project is based on the individual art practice.

ANIMA can host up to 10 artists in each residency season

Residencies run February to December. Duration of the residency is 2 weeks.

ANIMA offers art residencies with accessible rates. Applicant artists are not restricted to focus on environmental issues during their stay, however we do give priority to proposals that engage with sustainability and ecology. ANIMA is surrounded by nature, is close to small communities, an eco village, natural hot springs, pre Hispanic sites, and also the culture of the city of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, which hosts some of the most important book fairs, films festivals, and folklore music festivals in Latin America.

Our residencies are self-directed, we offer the space and place for people to come and concentrate on their projects and research. We hope that the stay with us and the interactions with peer artists will be an exciting and motivating process.


Our philosophy at ANIMA is to support sustainable living, culture and the arts, therefore we base our selections on artists who not only demonstrate artistic accomplishment, but also share these ideals. It is recommended to have a specific and well-conceived residency project in mind and are ready to embrace self-reliance for a residency in rural Mexico. We host national and international photographers, writers, visual and new media artists.


*All three meals of the day are included as long as you are at Anima’s facility at serving times. If you wish to visit the city of Guadalajara, Chapala, archeological sites or any other surrounding towns we can help to plan and get you there, but extra charges may be incurred. We will arrange for someone to pick you up and take you back to the airport with .

ANIMA invites you to live and work in an environment where culture, nourishing organic food, and affordable prices are abundant for art practitioners. Our residency and farm offer our commitment to sustainability to foster your need for health, learning, and creation!

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

At this time we do not offer grants.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Other
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By car

From the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco one can take the bus line Flecha Amarilla (35 pesos) to San Isidro Mazapatec. Please make sure to get off in the town (the bus stops inside the town right by the ticket office) and not go till the end of the line which is in Tala. From the town centre one can take a mototaxi (30 pesos) to the residency which is located beyond the NatureSweet Tomato Plant.

Nearest airport

Guadalajara City

Contact information

Anima Casa Rural
Flor de Cactus #2
45340 Guadalajara

Phone: En. 416 834 3827 Esp. 011 52 133 1479 2573

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